In the run-up to Somnath Bharti’s surrender, his lawyer Deepak Khosla alleged “biased” proceedings against his client by Delhi Police. Khosla wrote to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Commissioner of Police B S Bassi for a meeting with them for a “fair investigation”.
The letter to Bassi, dated September 25, alleges Delhi Police “forcibly detained” two persons in Agra September 23, while searching for Bharti, and also “picked up” another person on September 25. The lawyer alleged the police did not have any authority to detain the persons in this manner, and had “collectively” committed the offence of wrongful confinement.
The letter to Kejriwal sent Monday urged the CM to “give directions” to “his” police force to “defer” the investigation for 72 hours, to allow Bharti time to “approach a competent Court of Law, and seek transfer of the investigation to some other agency”.
“ Also, please take note that just as the Delhi Police has no faith in any public prosecutor appointed by the State of NCT of Delhi when it comes to investigation of matters relating to any member of the Aam Aadmi Party, similarly, my client, being a prominent member of the same party, has no faith in investigation of his affairs by the Delhi Police,” the lawyer said in his letters.
The letter to the CM also raised allegations against BJP for the “malicious” acts of the police against Bharti. The letter urged Kejriwal to issue directions to the police to “refrain from” referring to Bharti as an absconder.